The ad astra vita project is philanthropic and not-for-profit in nature, and even though we are a small enterprise at present, we have a large vision and big goals we aim to work towards. As part of this, we have the aim of attracting sponsorship and raising funds so that we are able to offer space sector STEAM capacity-building opportunities such as student conference scholarships and internships. As one potential revenue raising stream, the project is able to offer consultancy and facilitation services with coverage of space medicine, space health and other space life sciences, including:
- Informal and formal education sessions to suit your needs;
- Small group facilitation;
- Public speaking and outreach;
- Policy and guideline development;
- Research, writing and editing;
- Project design and management;
- Human resourcing utilising members of the Team;
- Mentoring for students; and
- Other services by negotiation.
Membership of the Consultancy Team
Membership of the consultancy team will be built up on an entirely voluntary basis. We are seeking individuals (at any career stage) who have a passionate interest in human health in the space environment, and are willing to bring their drive and enthusiasm to help build up the capacity and depth within the ad astra vita project team, and to help the project attain its goals and objectives.
As this will be a ‘virtual consultancy’ to begin with, there will not be any cost, obligation or liability accruing to people who are interested in participating. It will only involve providing an “expression of interest” consisting of a short biography/description of interests/experience (see below for the suggested template) and a photograph.
Terms of engagement and remuneration
The ad astra vita project will initially act as a not-for-profit “clearing house” to match consultancy opportunities with individuals (or their small businesses). There will be complete flexibility with regard to the “rules of engagement” for any consultancy work opportunities, and individuals participating in the consultancy will have the freedom to accept engagements on a freelance, contract, permanent, or other basis.
An individually tailored business/remuneration model will be developed for any consultancy opportunities which arise. Any consultancy team members with an ABN will normally be able to contract directly.
At all times, team members will have the option of carrying out the engagement for their sole financial benefit, deciding to donate part of the proceeds to the ad astra vita project scholarship fund, or offering to undertake an engagement wholly on behalf of the ad astra vita project. We hope that the ‘clearing house’ approach will have the capacity both to assist individuals to boost their careers in the sector, and to further the aims and objectives of the ad astra vita project.
“Expression of Interest” Template
Template details can be submitted via this Google Forms link or via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to adapt the template to your own needs if necessary. Any additional documentation such as a photograph or CV can be uploaded via this Dropbox link. For the avoidance of doubt, in the template “SLS” includes space medicine, space health, and all other factors relating to the good health and wellbeing of humans in the space environment.
- Full name (including title):
- Description of current work activities:
- Institutional/organisational affiliation (if applicable):
- Voluntary SLS affiliations (f applicable):
- SLS special interest areas (e.g., space medicine, analogs, education):
- Academic qualifications (if applicable):
- Any specific SLS qualifications (e.g., academic, ISU)?
- Experience with the SLS sector:
- SLS research and projects (description +/- web link):
- SLS publications (or web link for these):
- Any relevant SLS website +/- social media profiles (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?
- Public contact information (e.g., web contact page or email address):
- Any other relevant information:
Information collected via the template and any digital photograph or organisational/institutional logo provided are intended for public display on this website. However, any additional information provided (such as a CV) will be kept confidential unless you specifically indicate that you would like this information to be linked to your profile. In addition, should you indicate that you wish any aspect of the information collected via the template to be kept confidential, then your wishes will be honoured. If you have any concerns about privacy please contact us to discuss this.
The information collected by us will be only used by authorised staff for the purpose for which it was collected, and will be protected against unauthorised access and use. You may access any personal information you have provided by contacting us. We are committed to protecting the personal information provided by you in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).
For enquiries about membership of the Consultancy Team or to discuss provision of services, please send an email to email@example.com or contact Dr Rowena Christiansen on +61 448 33 1703.
Consultancy Team Profiles
Negotiations are underway for a number of people with diverse backgrounds to join the Consultancy Team. Details will be posted as soon as appointments are confirmed. A profile of our founder can be found here.
“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”
CARL SAGAN – “PALE BLUE DOT: A VISION OF THE HUMAN FUTURE IN SPACE”
~ UN projections: https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/multimediacentre/photos/2015_UNGA70. Image credit: The United Nations
~ “Earthrise” photo from Apollo 8: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1249.html. Image credit: NASA
~ Carl Sagan quote: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1816628-pale-blue-dot-a-vision-of-the-human-future-in-space
(all websites accessed on 23 January 2020)